Wednesday, September 20, 2023

Limited Time Book Deals - Historical Western Romance

My favorite season of the year is just about here, and it conjures dreams of relaxing days cozying up on a park bench as colorful leaves flutter all around, or cuddling under a blanket with a new book. Here are a couple to try if you haven't yet.

Wild Montana Winds is on sale at $0.99 (e-book only) from Sept 19-25, 2023.

Hopes and Dreams in Whitcomb Springs is also on sale (in the UK) at $0.99 (e-book only) from Sept 20-26, 2023.

Friday, September 15, 2023

The Ghost of Greyson Hall - October Blog Tour

The Ghost of Greyson Hall will be on a blog tour from Oct 2-6, 2023. This tour will feature exclusive excerpts, so it's a great chance to get more of an inside peek into the story. I hope you'll join us!

The Ghost of Greyson book blog tour with The Coffee Pot Book Club

The Ghost of Greyson book blog tour with The Coffee Pot Book Club


Monday, August 21, 2023

3 Reasons to Visit Northumberland in THE GHOST OF GREYSON HALL

Northumberland in winter_image from Unsplash
One of the most exciting prospects of reading a book is the anticipation of traveling to another time and place. The wild and beautiful estate of Greyson Hall first appeared in Clayton's Honor, where it quickly became symbolic of home and family for Devon Clayton. It is to here I longed to return, for this grand stone ediface in Northumberland remained with me as a place that deserved further exploration.

3 Reasons to Visit Northumberland in The Ghost of Greyson Hall (with mini teasers from the book)

1. Breathtaking Scenery

Winter has descended upon the inhabitants of Greyson Hall, with Christmas soon to come, and the landscape glistens with fresh snow beneath rays of sunshine when it dares to sneak through the clouds.
Snow-covered hills and open land rolled into woodland beyond the farms, and where the sun and wind contrived to clear away snow, patches of brown grass yearned for spring.

2. Mystery and History

Historical facts serve as building blocks in the foundation of every historical work of fiction worth reading, and yet, history is often a tertiary character, appearing only when necessary to propel or anchor the story in the past. The mystery is sprinkled here and there to keep the characters wondering.
Descendants of the family attempted to unravel the mystery of the eighteenth-century puzzle, alas to no avail. Few took the matter seriously—after all, it was long before their time—and the image of a graceful beauty with hair as pale as the risen moon and eyes the color of waves on the sea faded into history.

3. Romance

Love is at the heart of this story, and the love comes in many forms: Romance between those destined to be together, but also love of family, friends, and even an untouchable yearning.
He grazed her with his eyes until his penetrating stare touched every inch of visible flesh. It wasn’t enough, and she knew that when this man kissed her, when their bodies found a way to come together, no force would dare pull them apart.

The Ghost of Greyson Hall by MK McClintock_ Oct 3, 2023

The Ghost of Greyson Hall

Once a year, an ancient secret walks the corridors of Greyson Hall, a place shrouded in mystery and whispered legend.

When Devon Clayton inherited the stately mansion in England’s wild north from his uncle, he never imagined what secrets lurked within its walls, hidden for centuries. When his friends and brothers join him for the holiday, the British Agents and their families discover that their most unusual case will bring new meaning to Christmas spirit.

They must now unravel a century-old mystery if they are to break the curse and save a love that transcends time.

A long novella set in Northumberland in December 1782 and 1892.

Also Available:
  • Alaina Claiborne
  • Blackwood Crossing
  • Clayton's Honor

Note: The British Agent series books are written to be read as stand-alone novels. However, they each have cross-over characters, meaning characters from each book will appear in the others. The only reading order is chronological, but each title can still be read as stand-alone.

The mini teasers/excerpts from The Ghost of Greyson Hall © copyright MK McClintock.

The British Agent series by MK McClintock - historical romance mystery books

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Monday, May 29, 2023

10 Reasons Why I Love to Write

I wrote this post back in 2013, and though I've added more reasons since, this original list is still accurate.

  1. Writing is exceptionally fun - even when it's mind-numbingly frustrating.
  2. I can travel to anywhere my imagination wishes, anyplace I can conjure and meet anyone I desire.
  3. I can pretend it's cold in the dead of winter when it's scorching hot in the summer.
  4. Writing what I want, not what others tell me to write. 
  5. I have to work 24 hours a day but I get to choose which 24. 
  6. When I find the exact right words to express myself, I feel like a genius, if but for a moment.
  7. I enjoy the research.
  8. I break laws without actually breaking laws. 
  9. My characters exist outside any boundaries except those I choose.
  10. Satisfaction in the finished work, and knowing someone else will enjoy it.

    Tuesday, May 2, 2023

    Travel through time in THE CASTLE KEEPERS by Aimie K. Runyan, J’nell Ciesielski, Rachel McMillan

    The Castle Keepers novel by Aimie K. Runyan, J'Nell Ciesielski, and Rachel McMillan

    The Castle Keepers 

    by Aimie K. Runyan, J'nell Ciesielski, Rachel McMillan

    Publication Date: May 2, 2023
    Harper Muse
    Genre: Historical Fiction

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    'The Castle Keepers is a fascinating story of love's ability to overcome family curses, scandals and even war. Told in three parts, this multi-generational tale is wonderfully heartwarming!' -- Madeline Martin, New York Times bestselling author of The Last Bookshop in London

    Leedswick Castle has housed the Alnwick family in the English countryside for generations, despite a family curse determined to destroy their legacy and erase them from history.

    1870. After a disastrous dinner at the Astor mansion forces her to flee New York in disgrace, socialite Beatrice Holbrook knows her performance in London must be a triumph. When she catches the eye of Charles Alnwick, one of the town’s most enviably-titled bachelors, she prepares to attempt a social coup and become the future Marchioness of Northridge. When tragedy and scandal strike the Alnwick family, Beatrice must assume the role of a lifetime: that of her true, brave self.

    1917. Artist Elena Hamilton arrives in Northumberland determined to transform a soldier’s wounds into something beautiful. Tobias Alnwick’s parents have commissioned a lifelike mask to help their son return to his former self after battle wounds partially destroyed his face. But Elena doesn’t see a man who needs fixing—she sees a man who needn’t hide. Yet secrets from their past threaten to chase away the peace they’ve found in each other and destroy the future they’re creating.

    1945. Alec Alnwick returns home from the war haunted but determined to leave death and destruction behind. With the help of Brigitta Mayr, the brilliant young psychoanalyst whose correspondence was a lifeline during his time on the Western Front, he reconstructs his family’s large estate into a rehabilitation center for similarly wounded soldiers. Now Alec’s efforts may be the only chance to redeem his family legacy—and break the curse on the Alnwick name—once and for all.

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    'A trio of talented storytellers skillfully brings to life three eras in The Castle Keepers. I found myself yearning to walk the halls of Leedswick Castle to soak up the secrets the walls held, and also the whispers of love. Intrigue, a poison garden, and a long-standing curse make for a colorful and rich read.' -- Heather Webb, USA TODAY bestselling author of Strangers in the Night

    The Castle Keepers


    Enjoy an Excerpt


    ~Rule No. 1~

    All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players.
    —William Shakespeare

    New York City
    February 1870

    Beatrice examined her reflection in the mirror, and though she didn’t risk her mother’s ire by commenting on her own appearance, she knew she was ready to take the stage for one of the most important performances of her life.

    Daddy wore his best tailcoat with mercifully fewer complaints than usual. For this, Beatrice offered silent thanks. She didn’t need her father’s grumbling and her mother’s resultant henpecking to rile her nerves. Her sweet-natured father’s grousing was a way of flirting with Mama, but Beatrice found it exasperating when it happened at important moments.

    Tonight they would dine at the home of Caroline Astor. Mrs. William Backhouse Astor, the single most influential person in all of New York society. And Beatrice, if she ever wanted admittance to Mrs. Astor’s good graces, would have to be flawless. Her hope was that if she played the part well enough, she just might secure a proposal from Thomas Graham.

    Thomas, who actually watched plays when he went to the theater rather than attending purely so he could be seen by those who mattered. Thomas, who was the only company that felt superior to the company of her beloved journal, a pen, and a roaring fire in her bedroom.

    Thomas, whose piercing gaze made her stomach wobble and her breath stop in her throat with the merest glance. Thomas, who had spent a great deal of social capital to secure this all-important invitation in hopes of advancing Beatrice and her family in society. Beatrice hoped it was so his parents could have no objection to their forming an attachment beyond seeing each other at social events and in the gathering areas at the theater once or twice a week.

    Thomas, who would be the great compromise: a position to please her mother and the potential for the honest-to-goodness love match Beatrice longed for but had never hoped to aspire to.

    Until Thomas.

    Befitting the event, Beatrice and her mother dressed in fine silks and tasteful jewels. Their ruffled bustle skirts were like sugary confections—flowing masterpieces of fabric, rather than meringue— that seemed to defy the very laws of nature. Their restrictive bodices defied nature as well, molding the shape of the wearer into the feminine ideal. Their hair was just as elaborate—a massive tower of braids and curls that took the skill of a sculptor to achieve. Their money was so new, it was practically fresh from the printer’s, but Mama knew full well how to spend it.

    End of Excerpt. Shared with permission.


    'Take one castle and the dramatic tales of three generations of fascinating characters who reside there, and you're in for a treat with The Castle Keepers by Aimie K. Runyan, J'nell Ciesielski, and Rachel McMillan. Every generation has its challenges, but for the owners of Leedswick Castle, their actions will affect their descendants over and over again. Filled with sweet romances, a little humor, and touches of intrigue, this novel written in three parts is sure to delight readers!' -- Eliza Knight, USA TODAY bestselling author of Starring Adele Astaire

    Meet the Authors

    Aimie K. Runyan

    Internationally bestselling author Aimie K. Runyan writes to celebrate unsung heroines. She has written six historical novels (and counting!) and is delving into the exciting world of contemporary women's fiction. She has been a finalist for the Colorado Book Award three times, a nominee for the Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers' 'Writer of the Year,' and a Historical Novel Society's Editors' Choice selection. Aimie is active as a speaker and educator in the writing community in Colorado and beyond. She lives in the beautiful Rocky Mountains with her wonderful husband, two adorable (usually) children, two very sweet cats, and a pet dragon. Visit her online at; Instagram: @bookishaimie; Facebook: @aimiekrunyan; Twitter: @aimiekrunyan.

    J’nell Ciesielski

    Bestselling author with a passion for heart-stopping adventure and sweeping love stories, J’nell Ciesielski weaves fresh takes into romances of times gone by. When not creating dashing heroes and daring heroines, she can be found dreaming of Scotland, indulging in chocolate of any kind, or watching old black-and-white movies. She is a Florida native who now lives in Virginia with her husband, daughter, and lazy beagle. Learn more at Instagram: @jnellciesielski; Facebook: @J’nellCiesielski.

    Rachel McMillan

    Rachel McMillan is the author of The London Restoration, The Mozart Code, the Herringford and Watts mysteries, the Van Buren and DeLuca mysteries, and the Three Quarter Time series of contemporary Viennese romances. She is also the author of Dream, Plan, Go: A Travel Guide to Inspire Independent Adventure. Rachel lives in Toronto, Canada. Visit her online at; Instagram: @rachkmc; Facebook: @rachkmc1; Twitter: @rachkmc; Pinterest: @rachkmc.


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